Big debate for two budding politicians

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Two Barnsley teenagers are off to Parliament.

Youth councillors Chelsea Goulding, aged 17, and Pegah Moulana, 16, will join more than 300 other young people in a House of Commons debate this week.

The girls, both elected members of the UK’s Youth Parliament, will help shape the future priorities of the group.

The two Barnsley Youth Councillors collected 8,399 completed ballot papers from young people across the borough to help determine five topics to be covered as part of the nationwide Make Your Mark campaign. They are education curriculum, bullying in schools, work experience and careers advice, youth unemployment and voting for 16 and 17-year-olds.

The debate will be chaired by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow MP and broadcast live on the BBC’s Parliament channel.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesperson for young people and families, said: “It’s tremendous that Chelsea and Pegah will represent Barnsley. The high level of interest in Youth Parliament’s work is shown by the large number of ballot papers returned in the call for debate.”